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(28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827 / London)

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A Song

Sweet dreams, form a shade
O'er my lovely infant's head!
Sweet dreams of pleasant streams
By happy, silent, moony beams!

Sweet Sleep, with soft down
Weave thy brows an infant crown
Sweet Sleep, angel mild,
Hover o'er my happy child!

Sweet smiles, in the night
Hover over my delight!
Sweet smiles, mother's smile,
All the livelong night beguile.

Sweet moans, dovelike sighs,
Chase not slumber from thine eyes!
Sweet moan, sweeter smile,
All the dovelike moans beguile.

Sleep, sleep, happy child!
All creation slept and smiled.
Sleep, sleep, happy sleep,
While o'er thee doth mother weep.

Sweet babe, in thy face
Holy image I can trace;
Sweet babe, once like thee
Thy Maker lay, and wept for me:

Wept for me, for thee, for all,
When He was an infant small.
Thou His image ever see,
Heavenly face that smiles on thee!

Smiles on thee, on me, on all,
Who became an infant small;
Infant smiles are his own smiles;
Heaven and earth to peace beguiles.

Submitted: Wednesday, May 09, 2001


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  • Ramesh Rai (4/3/2014 10:08:00 PM)

    beautiful. enchanted my soul.

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  • Walterrean Salley (8/5/2012 10:44:00 PM)

    Innocent. Sweet. Lovely. Would make a beautiful lullaby that any child could love and find comfort therein.

  • Walterrean Salley (8/5/2012 10:42:00 PM)

    Innocent. Sweet. Lovely. Would make a beautiful lullaby that any child could love.

  • Besa Dede (4/24/2012 9:51:00 PM)

    Beautiful rhythmical poem.
    ~Besa

  • Elizabeth Jackson (4/17/2012 6:13:00 PM)

    An amazing poem. I wish I could find notes sweet enough to fit the lyrics [3

  • Naveed Akram (11/21/2009 1:08:00 PM)

    A poem about smiles and smiling from the youngest people. Blake can carry an intense feeling of care in his poems, especially this one. Sweet dreams to us all! We are far away from the age of a baby, and we find these people pleasant from Blake.

  • Keshav Prasad (6/2/2009 4:32:00 AM)

    a beautiful poem almost a song.......

  • Laurice Harmonic (4/5/2009 9:31:00 AM)

    Sweet smiles, in the night Hover over my delight! -yes..it has a very deep meaning,

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